Marissa Esposito, the bookkeeper accused of defrauding Autism Central Coast of more than $330,000, pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception in Gosford Local Court on March 21.
In an agreed upon statement of facts (SOF) tendered to the court, it was stated that Esposito, who was a friend of the Trigg family who own and operate Autism Central Coast, was hired by the Triggs in 2017 to handle the charity’s accounts and to perform administration duties.
According to the SOF, over a number of months, Esposito began funnelling money from the charity’s account into her own personal accounts using false payee details, such as ‘staff wages’, ‘superannuation payment’ and ‘insurance fees’.
This continued until Esposito went on maternity leave in August, 2018, and another bookkeeper discovered the ruse when an audit of Autism Central Coast’s finances revealed the charity, which was supposed to have $1.2m in its account, only had $220,000.
All up, the SOF revealed that Esposito had taken $327,539.79 from Autism Central Coast as well as $3,415.76 from The Box Family Daycare, a day-care linked to the charity that Esposito also handled accounting duties for.
Esposito’s case was adjourned to May 2 where she will be sentenced.
Document, Mar 21
Casefile, R v Marissa Esposito 2019/00073076